Rheem Theatre/ Moraga, CA

Contra Costa Times (California)

January 21, 2011 Friday

MY TOWN; Alameda; Oakland-Berkeley; News; Local

Town Crier: A fun thing to do whilst in the Glenview

By Ginny Prior Columnist

The Glenview’s got it going on. Most of you know it’s a hot dining destination, but this Park Boulevard neighborhood is fast becoming a draw for the Bay Area’s top singer/songwriters….

BIG SCREEN: A bucolic burb through the tunnel is hosting the state’s fastest growing film festival from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. The 13th annual California Independent Film Festival is screening more than 80 independent films at the magnificent Art Deco Rheem Theater. Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Shirley Jones will be honored with awards on Sunday during one of the many events that’s open to the public. For more information see www.caiff.org . http://www.thenewrheemtheatre.com/index.html

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    The Rheem Theatre is considered to be the last hurrah of traditional classic movie theatre design to have been built in the Bay Area (if one doesn’t count the stand-alone dome theatres which began to appear in the early 1960s). It was a latecomer–being built c. 1956-’57. By-then veteran theatre architect Alexander Aimwell Cantin, who had been designing theatres since the 1920s, was at the helm. Other than its ‘plexing, and some recent cosmetic alterations to some features of the lobby, it is in remarkably original shape. It stands as an example of a rather opulent late Moderne theatre, yet is part of a suburban shopping center.

  2. Gary Lee Parks

    The Rheem Theatre is considered to be the last hurrah of traditional classic movie theatre design to have been built in the Bay Area (if one doesn’t count the stand-alone dome theatres which began to appear in the early 1960s). It was a latecomer–being built c. 1956-’57. By-then veteran theatre architect Alexander Aimwell Cantin, who had been designing theatres since the 1920s, was at the helm. Other than its ‘plexing, and some recent cosmetic alterations to some features of the lobby, it is in remarkably original shape. It stands as an example of a rather opulent late Moderne theatre, yet is part of a suburban shopping center.

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